Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has a new boat and some big plans for the upcoming tourism season. The 36-passenger pontoon tour boat, Discovery, funded by a grant from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, will add to its public education program offerings by providing weekly Indian River Lagoon Research excursions.
FAU’s Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce, will offer tours on Fridays beginning Jan. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
During the 1.5-hour excursion aboard the Discovery, an FAU Harbor Branch outreach scientist will discuss the wildlife encountered as well as the research that the institute conducts to better understand and protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem.
The tour costs $35 per person and reservations are required in advance.
For more information, contact FAU’s Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center at 772-242-2293.